TCOOP Frequently Asked Questions
The Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) is an annual tournament series that features 50 separate events all at high speed. It’s a huge, fun series with modest buy-ins and a wide variety of games. Below you will find a list of Frequently Asked Questions about this series. If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
TCOOP is the Turbo Championship of Online Poker, a faster cousin of WCOOP (World Champion of Online Poker), catering to MTT players who enjoy fast-paced tournament play. TCOOP fits nicely in the annual tournament schedule between WCOOP (in September) and SCOOP (in May).
TCOOP 2016 will run from January 21-31, 2016.
There are 50 events.
TCOOP buy-ins range from $7.50 to $2,100.
Over the years, we have seen the Turbo format grow in popularity as players wish to get through an individual event more quickly. Quite a large number of players have suggested that we run this type of series, and it fits in nicely under the *COOP umbrella.
TCOOP events will be very similar to SCOOP and WCOOP events in that they will have a great structure (deep stacks, slow level increases), with the primary difference being that the length of the rounds is shorter is shorter (much shorter in some cases) than they would in a SCOOP or WCOOP event. For a standard TCOOP tournament, for example, each level is five minutes long, whereas in a standard WCOOP tournament, each level is 20 minutes long. Turbo tournaments take much less time to play than tournaments which use longer level lengths. The events of the 2014 TCOOP will finish much more quickly than most WCOOP or SCOOP events, while still having structures which provide for excellent poker.
The prize is two-fold. For starters, each event has a minimum guaranteed prize pool. On top of the cash, there will also be a “Player of the Series” leader board which will award the following prizes:
|1||Champion's Trophy & 2016 SCOOP [H] Main Event Ticket|
|2||2016 SCOOP $5,200 Ticket|
|3-5||2016 SCOOP $2,100 Ticket|
|6-10||2016 SCOOP [M] Main Event Ticket worth $1,050|
|11-100||2016 SCOOP [L] Main Event Ticket worth $109|
If you have a PokerStars account that is valid for real money play you can enter. If you don’t yet have an account, it’s easy to download the free poker software and set one up. You can buy in directly, win a satellite for as little as $1 or even get in the game through StarsCoin satellites.
You can buy directly into the events themselves with cash, tickets, or T$. Tickets to enter may be purchased in the VIP Store, or may be won in certain satellites which will be marked as awarding tickets. Satellites can be entered using cash and T$, and some accept StarsCoin. Some tournaments and satellites can be entered using Steps tickets.
Yes. If you win a seat to a TCOOP event in a satellite and then unregister from it, your account will be credited with T$ equal to the buy-in + fee of that event.
Unregistration will be available from the tournament lobby up until two minutes before the start of each event.
Note that this registration option applies to event seats won via satellite. Event tickets are not transferrable. Event tickets awarded via promotional tournaments must be used in that event or forfeited, as they have no value outside of the tournament to which they grant admission.
If you have already been awarded a ticket for a particular event, please do not play more promotional events which award the same ticket, since if you win the additional ticket will have no value. If you have won a promotional ticket for an event and are registered for that event, you may continue to play cash or StarsCoin satellites to that same event, and if you win you will be awarded T$ for the value of the seat.
T$ can be used to register into any PokerStars online tournament. VIPs can also sometimes use T$ to buy directly into live events. See the About Tournaments page to find out more. To check your T$ balance at any time, visit the Cashier window in the PokerStars lobby.
Absolutely! We will hold multiple satellites throughout the course of qualifying which are open exclusively to PokerStars VIPs. These special events may include added seats or seats at a higher than normal ratio, in either case giving our VIPs many great opportunities to qualify.
For the TCOOP events themselves, yes, and PokerStars staff will be there to facilitate them. Please note that any deal will be required to leave a portion of the prize pool out of the deal to be awarded to the winner. The minimum amount to be left aside will be specified in the tournament lobby. For more details about deals, please see our poker Tournament Rules.
No. The intent of the satellites is to produce seats into the TCOOP and not just distribute T$ to people, therefore we are prohibiting final table deals during TCOOP satellites.
For subsequent seats after the first one you win, your account will be credited with T$ equal to the buy-in & fee of the target event.
The standard PokerStars Tournament Rules apply.
In such a tournament, players may take 1 rebuy during the rebuy period, and 1 add-on at the end of the rebuy period. Similarly, in a tournament marked [2R1A], players may take a maximum of 2 rebuys during the rebuy period, and 1 add-on at the end of the rebuy period. In such tournaments, the stacks bought with rebuys and add-ons will be equivalent to the starting stack.
Ante Up is a tournament format where the blinds stay the same while the antes increase with every level. The antes are in place from the first level.
An Optional Re-Entry tournament allows players to re-join the field after they have been eliminated, with a fresh starting stack and in a new seat, as long as registration is still open and as long as they have not used up their maximum number of re-entry chances. The maximum number of re-entries for TCOOP events is displayed in the ‘Structure’ tab for the tournament.
Big Antes is a tournament format with antes larger than in a normal NL tournament structure.
A 2x-Turbo is a special kind of turbo rebuy tournament in which the levels increase at turbo speed, but the rebuy time is twice as long as it would be in a normal turbo rebuy. Similarly, a 3x-Turbo has three times the normal amount of rebuy time, and a 4x-Turbo has four times the normal amount of rebuy time. The available chips - including the starting stack, rebuy, and add-on - are tailored to each event. Be sure to click the ‘Tournament Info’ button for detailed structure information.
In Knockout tournaments, a cash bounty is placed on every entrant in the tournament. Every time you eliminate somebody, you win a cash prize!
In a Knockout tournament, every player pays an extra buy-in, which serves as that player’s bounty. For example, a Knockout tournament might have a total buy-in of $4+$1+$0.40, of which $4 goes into the regular prize pool, $1 is each player’s bounty, and $0.40 is the tournament fee.
In a Super Knockout event, the size of the Knockout bounty is the same as the buy-in amount that goes into the prize pool, so there is a bigger incentive to eliminate players.
In an Ultra-Knockout event, the size of the Knockout bounty is three times the size of the buy-in amount that goes into the prize pool, so there is a much bigger incentive than usual to eliminate players. For example, in a $215 Progressive Ultra-Knockout, the $215 entry cost would be broken down as follows: $50 to the prize pool, $150 to the knockout bounty, $15 fee.
In a Progressive Knockout tournament, a percentage of every knockout bounty goes to increasing the bounty of the player who caused the knockout. For example, if a player has a $10 bounty on him and the increase percentage for the tournament is 25%, then the player who knocks him out would win $7.50, and their bounty would increase by $2.50. If a player in the same tournament has increased their own bounty to $20 then the player who knocked them out would get $15, and increase their own bounty by $5.
A Shootout is a special kind of multi-table tournament. Normally, when you play in a multi-table tournament, players are moved from table to table, to balance the number of players at each table. Eventually, the last remaining players end up at the 'final table'. In a shootout, no such table balancing is done. You remain at your original table until only one player is left standing. If you win that table, you advance to another table and repeat the process against players who each won their first table.
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